Help the homeless, mentally ill and drug addicts who really need it, even if it’s against their will


The other day I came across a naked young man at Marina Gate in Oracle Park. He was missing either his prescribed medications or some non-prescribed medications. I notified Giants security, who was great; they came to help him.

After living in San Francisco for nearly 40 years, I’ve seen it all, and I’m so painfully frustrated with this city’s failure to address compassion over individual rights.

The man I met needs a whole host of help, probably against his will, and needs to be temporarily separated from his rights so that he can be helped, possibly saved.

I’ve heard all the arguments, for and against, on the subject, but my observations made it clear that her man (and many, many others), can’t help it and will suffer and die if his rights don’t. are not temporarily suspended.

Stop debating what it looks like. A temporary repeal of rights is not cruel if it saves a life. Our elected officials and homeless advocates need to stop wringing their fingers and take action.

Tom Doher, San Francisco

Reinvent sci-fi spaces

San Francisco’s underutilized space is an opportunity to meet multisocietal needs.

Consider that Rio de Janeiro’s favelas began as squatter colonies — organically created, self-managed homeless encampments — that evolved into quasi-legitimate housing and economies for 1.5 million poor people.

The clever use of space is a powerful tool, whether by planning, zoning or by default. With changing business models, San Francisco storefronts and vacant offices, public lands and the public realm must be reinvented. As in traditional village centers, the combination of housing and storefronts can increase affordability, creating living and working communities that activate sidewalks and streets 24/7. Single-use retail and office complexes can be rezoned into mixed-use complexes that can be incubators for social and economic growth.

Like the cottages and refugee camps of the 1906 earthquake, the organized use of streets, parks and open spaces can create a social fabric and build self-reliance.

In many countries around the world, vast tracts of free public land and government planning are accelerating the design and construction of new cities – for the inevitable millions in population growth long predicted by demographers.

Throughout history, people have come together to support each other, to reinvent spaces, to create shelters and build community – if given the chance.

Howard Wong, San Francisco

The coup takes place

When a powerful unelected institution (or, more accurately, a major faction of its rulers) uses its power to assume control of a nation, displacing the legally established authorities, we call such a takeover a coup. .

Most often, the institution in question is the army, with a junta of generals (even colonels) forming a government, often (but not always) putting a charismatic leader at its head.

But civil power can also be used. In Iran, after the overthrow of the shah, a junta of religious leaders took over the country and also rewrote the country’s constitution to maintain theocracy forever.

Today, in the United States, right-wing (but not conservative) Supreme Court justices, having reached the majority, use the power of the law as they interpret it to override the authority of Congress and the presidency, not to mention the will of the people.

Yes, we suffered a judicial coup.

Coby Lubliner, El Cerrito


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